If you really really want to be in the
thick of things, the Campo dei Fiori is the place
for you. Try the Vineria, which serves over 600
bottles of wine, and you'll be able to see young
and old, Italian and otherwise, mixing and mingling
en masse in Rome's most hopping square.
Campo dei Fiori 15
Caffe della Pace
A more refined environment is found at the Antico
Caffe della Pace. Situated two blocks from Piazza
Navona and in front of a gorgeous church (Santa
Maria della Pace) built by the Baroque artist Pietro
da Cortona, the Antico Caffe attracts an upscale
crowd. Higher prices reflect the elite clientele.
Via della Pace 3-7
On a street that runs from Campo dei Fiori to Piazza
Farnese, this bar offers a great view of passers-by
as well as of the Palazzo Farnese, topped by a cornice
designed by the divine Michelangelo. Open from early
morning until late night, prices are moderate.
Via dei Baullari 106
An old-fashioned but famous coffee bar between the
Pantheon and Piazza Navona. Sant'Eustachio claims
to make the best coffee in town and many agree.
Stop by and try the 'joe' yourself. You can take
your coffee at the counter or occupy one of the
few tables in the street. Be warned that they sugar
the coffee unless you ask them not to do so. You
can also buy coffee -- ground or beans -- to take
Piazza Sant'Eustachio, 82
is a neighborhood bar in one of the most splendid
piazzas in the city, Santa Maria in Trastevere. The
church on the square has a beautifully golden-mosaic
facade that's a stunning backdrop for Rome's urban
drama. Sit down here for a coffee, glass of wine,
or campari and watch the locals and tourists dodge
babies learning to walk, kids playing soccer, and
people of all nationalities demonstrating their chic-ness.
There's a bit of everything here and you'll be vastly
entertained for hours. Closed Mondays.
Santa Maria in Trastevere 15
This tiny winebar/restaurant has outdoor tables when
the weather is pleasant and is located just meters
from Piazza Navona. They have over 1400 wines in stock
and serve light meals as well. You'll find the place
crowded but pleasant -- it's usually filled with a
mixture of tourists and locals. Open everyday from
12 to 4pm and from 7pm to 12:30am.
Phone: 06 688 010 94
Located in Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, just at
the foot of the Ponte Sisto bridge, Friends Cafe offers
coffee and pasteries in the morning. At lunchtime,
the fare becomes a bit more hearty -- there are sandwiches
to eat while standing at the bar, and a sleek dining
room in which excellent salads and pastas are served.
This is a great place to take a break from the pace
of sightseeing -- lunch is served efficiently and
prices are economical. Closed Sundays.
Trilussa in Trastevere
Phone: 39 06 57 30 53 38
Ultra-cool as befits its location just below the
Spanish Steps. Perhaps the smallest yet chicest wine
bar in Rome, Shaki offers light fare: great salads
and sandwiches at a reasonable price. You can stop
by and just have a glass of wine too.
Mario de Fiori 29/a
Phone: 06 679 1694